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    This festival is sounds really cool.

    I'd love to check out Vietnam...

    Binh Dinh - Tay Son Traditional Martial Arts Festival kicks off
    10:10' 30/07/2008 (GMT+7)

    VietNamNet Bridge - Around 400 martial artists from 32 groups are participating in the Binh Dinh national traditional martial arts festival that opened yesterday at Qui Nhon city's stadium.

    The event includes performance and competition sections and will on until August 2.

    It overlaps the 2nd International Festival for Traditional Vietnamese Martial Arts scheduled in Qui Nhon from July 31 to August 3 as part of the Tay Son – Binh Dinh festival. The international event will see over 70 teams taking part, including 26 foreign teams.

    The teams will also hold displays in districts like Tuy Phuoc, An Nhon, and Tay Son.

    The central province of Binh Dinh is well-known as the birthplace of many of the country’s martial arts. The festival is a good chance to promote the martial arts, Mr. Le Van Minh, deputy director of the province’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, said.

    The first Tay Son – Binh Dinh festival, themed “Converging and Development”, will be held on August 1-3.

    It will mark the 235th anniversary (1773-2008) of the Tay Son insurgent army’s occupation of the Quy Nhon citadel, which began the country’s unification process under the Tay Son dynasty.

    The event will also feature a lantern night, poetry recital, and a Miss Martial Arts pageant.
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    Bong Son

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    Renaissance man from the north tells all
    Crouching tiger, hidden dragon: Trinh Dinh Lam started studying martial arts at 12 years old and today he is head of Bong Son Martial Arts in the northern province of Thanh Hoa. — VNS Photos Van Dat

    (04-01-2009)

    Trinh Dinh Lam, a self-taught poet, musician and martial arts expert from the northern province of Thanh Hoa, tells Viet Hoa about Bong Son, a martial arts style that was gifted to his family by a beggar in 1465.

    Born in 1946 in a family famous for its six generations of martial artists, Trinh Dinh Lam started studying martial arts at 12 years old. Today, he is head of Bong Son Martial Arts in the northern province of Thanh Hoa.

    During the war, he had to quit high school, but he kept his family tradition alive, even teaching himself various other styles. He is also a poet and musician.

    With his help, many of his students have attained prizes in martial art and music contests, both in the country and around the world.

    Origin of Bong Son

    According to Trinh Dinh Lam, Bong Son entered his family in 1465 when his forefather Minh Sang Vuong Trinh Kiem was presented three martial art books by a beggar in return for helping him one rainy night in August. Since that fateful day, his family has studied the art based on these books. They have also studied many other martial arts from various countries including China.

    At the age of 12, Lam was taught his family’s traditional martial art by his father.

    "At that time, my father taught martial arts in many places. Trainees from many regions in the country came to my family to learn. Many of my father’s students won big prizes in contests. I wished I could have the chance to show my skill," Lam recalls.

    Although the martial art came to his family long ago and is famous in the region, it had no name until 1984.

    At that time, a long time after the martial art was forbidden in the country, his dojo had a chance to compete with the professional Minh Hai martial art club in Thanh Hoa Province.

    "After we won the competition, the director of the provincial Department of Physical Training and Sports suggested we name our style. Without thinking, I named it Bong Son. It means moving mountain," Lam says.

    Outstanding leader

    At 20, Lam started to teach Bong Son in the club with his father.

    It takes at least 13 years to become a skilful practitioner of Bong Son. Some trainees have been coming here since they were eight or 13 years old. Thousands of trainees have studied Bong Son.

    Almost all famous martial art athletes in the province were trained in Lam’s dojo.

    People often mention Lam’s contribution every time they talk about Thanh Hoa’s martial arts.

    In the province, Lam is also famous for helping poor trainees with accommodation and food. This means that sometimes he earns a mere VND5,000 per day.

    Between 1986 to 1994, Lam taught many martial artists in the province, many of whom have brought pride to Vietnamese sport.

    The sisters, Trinh Thi Mui and Trinh Thi Nga, are symbolic examples. They first came to him aged 13. After studying traditional martial arts, they studied Pencak Silat and Taekwondo.

    With hard training and the efforts of Lam, the two sisters have won many prizes including gold medals at the SEA Games.

    Nguyen Van Hung and Nguyen Trong Cuong are other successful examples. They are now famous Taekwondo athletes. These two brothers are among many who started their careers at the Bong Son dojo and went on to win prizes.

    In Thanh Hoa, Lam is not only a famous martial artist, he is also famous for teaching vocal music. Fifteen of his trainees have gone on to pass entrance exams into the Ha Noi National Music College. Moreover, this multi-talented teacher has composed 28 songs.

    Witnessing his skill, it is hard to believe that he stopped his education in the first year of high school and is self-taught.

    To live and run the club, Lam has worked many jobs such as blacksmith, carpenter and foreman of a construction team of 50 workers.

    Lam has still lived a poor life, but he is full of rich love for his students. Now, his four children have their own families; he has numerous nephews and nieces, but he has never forgotten the love of Bong Son. — VNS
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    Vovinam

    Anyone ever try Vovinam?
    Asia welcomes Vovinam
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    Returning home from the congress to establish the AVF in Tehran (Iran) on February 23, Secretary of the World Vovinam Federation (WVF) Vo Danh Hai recalled: “When we chose Iran to organise the congress and as the site of the AVF head office, many asked us why we didn’t choose another country, or Vietnam.

    “We decided to choose Iran because this country has a long tradition of martial arts, and many famous artists who have won world and Olympic championships in taekwondo, karate and boxing.”

    Hai said Iranian artists practiced for just one year to win an Olympic taekwondo gold medal. Their success surprised South Korea, the cradle of taekwondo. In addition, Vietnam and Iran signed an agreement on cooperation in sports and Iran was very enthusiastic in developing Vovinam. Iran also agreed to take care of accommodations and meals for all delegations to the AVF congress.

    Dr. Walid Kassas, former Chairman of the Asian Kick-boxing Federation, who is experienced in developing martial arts in Asia, carefully asked about the rules of Vovinam and the role of AVF at the upcoming Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam this October. He said he believed that he could call for ten countries to practice Vovinam within a year.

    At the congress, foreign delegates raised a question: “Will Vietnam win all gold medals for Vovinam at the Asian Indoor Games 2009?”

    The Vice Chairman cum Secretary General of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, Hoang Vinh Giang, answered: “We will play fairly. It is stated in the regulations: Vietnam will participate in 3/6 one-on-one and 5/8 performance categories. Referees will come from Europe and Africa if Asian referees are not qualified.”

    Foreign delegates asked Vietnam to help them in terms of techniques. The Chairman of the Indian Vovinam Federation, Vishuu Sahai, asked Vietnam to send a Vovinam expert to India to open a training course for Indian coaches. India will compete with Iran to host the Asian Vovinam Championships in 2010. The Indian representative also stated the country would have 10,000 Vovinam students in the next one year.

    Iran asked Vietnam to send two experts to Iran to teach Vovinam for six months.

    “Vovinam is gradually being welcomed in Asia. We are trying to send it far. Firstly, we will organise a second training course for Asian coaches and referees in mid April in HCM City. International Vovinam rules are being compiled,” Hai said.

    He said that he is trying to turn Vovinam into a faculty at the Sports and Physical Training University.

    Outstanding vovinam training centres in HCM City:

    - Vovinam centre at 31 Su Van Hanh, District 10: instructors Nguyen Van Chieu, Nguyen Van Sen, Nguyen Van Vang

    - Vovinam Club of Le Hong Phong High School, 235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5: instructor Nguyen Van Chieu

    - Vovinam Club of the Teacher Training University, 280 An Duong Vuong, District 5: instructors Tran Van My, Vo Thanh Lam

    - Nguyen Du Club, 116 Nguyen Du, District 1: Instructor Nguyen Van Hieu

    - Army Club, 2 Pho Quang and 202 Hoang Van Thu, Tan Binh District: instructors Vo Danh Hai, Pham Thi Kim Dien, and Nguyen Thanh Sang
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    Vietnamese Martial arts

    Vietnam Art Cuong Nhu ?

    I m not sure what to make of this Martial Art .
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    Modern combined martial art based on its founder's experience in Shotokan Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Tai Chi. One of the things I like about them is that I've never seen them espousing some made-up "ancient" lineage. They are what they are...
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    question.

    is the gentleman in the video the developer of that kata? if so i am missing the connection to the vietnamese culture reference. if its wing chun, taiji and shotokan put together by a white guy...am i missing something here? or is he just a teacher/instructor under this style.

    pardon my ignorance.
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    Actually I studied Cuong Nhu for a few years.

    The system was created by Ngo Dong and is made up of as mentioned before but it also containes Vovinam and Judo. The core set are made up of the Pinan forms, followed by Tambo, Bo, Tonfa & Sai for the colored belt ranks. And as far as I know they start incorporating Wing Chun via Sil Lim Tao as a Nidan requirement and the CK & BG are incorporated later in b.b. ranks. Also for the brown belt they start the Vovinam snake kata as they call it & incorporate more Judo etc...
    Nothing is harder to see into than people's nature. The sage looks at subtle phenomena and listens to small voices. This harmonizes the outside with the inside and the inside with the outside.
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    樱花瓣在飘零 这悲凉的风景
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    Nothing is harder to see into than people's nature. The sage looks at subtle phenomena and listens to small voices. This harmonizes the outside with the inside and the inside with the outside.
    --Zhuge Liang--

    樱花瓣在飘零 这悲凉的风景
    长袖挥不去一生刀光剑影

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    Vietnam seems to be a pretty good melting pot for martial arts. The MAist ive met from there seem to have a varied background.
    For whoso comes amongst many shall one day find that no one man is by so far the mightiest of all.

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    I changed the title from "Vietnam Art Cuong Nhu ?" to "Vietnamese Martial arts"

    Here's a nice pictorial on Vovinam. I'm only posting two of the ten pix. Follow the link if you want to see the rest.

    Gallery: Cool martial arts moves by Muslim schoolgirls
    Calgary Herald March 8, 2011 9:03 AM


    Indian Muslim schoolgirls perform "Vovinam", the Vietnamese martial art at Saint Maaz High School in Hyderabad on March 8, 2011, on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Some 40 students encouraged by their parents and school officials are learning the art of self defence by using swords and sticks during school hours. This year is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day since its creation.

    Sure looks like wushu to me.
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    its nice to see muslim women portrayed in a more realistic manner... usually in the west when we talk about them its always about how horrible they are treated, which is largely bullsh!t... glad to see some news comming thru that sheds a more positive light on them...

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    it annoys the hell out of me the way 'most' people think about muslims.
    For whoso comes amongst many shall one day find that no one man is by so far the mightiest of all.

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    For whoso comes amongst many shall one day find that no one man is by so far the mightiest of all.

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    Nhat Nam

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    Martial arts maketh the man

    Ngo Xuan Binh has devoted his life to bringing the Vietnamese martial art Nhat Nam to the world.

    The fierce screams of martial artists break the quiet afternoon at a club on the outskirts of Moscow as a class of young Russian men decked out in traditional Vietnamese clothes practise under the guidance of a middle-aged man.

    They are practising Nhat Nam, a martial art known for being 100 per cent Vietnamese.

    In the early 1980s, martial artists in Ha Noi were surprised to see the appearance of a new school, called Nhat Nam.

    Martial arts master Ngo Xuan Binh, 55, the school leader, explains that the name means the discipline is unique to Viet Nam.

    During the 1980s, the movement developed strongly in Ha Noi, Nghe An and other northern provinces.

    Binh's book Nhat Nam Can Ban (Basic Techniques of Nhat Nam) was awarded the "Most Valuable and Beautiful Sports Book" prize at an exhibition for publishing houses from socialist countries, held in Poland in June, 1989.

    "In the ancient lands of Ai and Hoan, now known as the provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, existed a martial art used by the local people to fight wild beasts and enemies," says Binh.

    "This martial art is based on nature. Ancient people studied the attributes of both flora and fauna, and their natural surroundings."

    Binh says in spring 1789, when Emperor Quang Trung led his army to the North to fight the invading Chinese Qing troops passing through Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, they employed many local martial artists.

    "Many of them fought bravely and sacrificed themselves for the Motherland. To commemorate the ancestors, our school chose the day of Emperor Quang Trung's Victory of Ngoc Hoi - Dong Da on the fifth day of the first month in the lunar calendar."

    But the school also faced bad times. When the Tay Son dynasty of Quang Trung fell, King Gia Long decided to kill people who collaborated with Tay Son and many martial arts schools were closed and their masters killed.

    The survivors had to operate secretly, but the Ngo Xuan family from Vinh City in Nghe An Province are some of the descendants of ancient martial artists. But through the passage of time, their heritage is gradually fading.

    Born into a traditional martial arts family, Binh has practised martial arts since he was a little boy.

    Having inherited basic techniques from his family, Binh also devoted his time to studying with martial arts masters in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An.

    When he was a student at the Ha Noi Fine Arts College, Binh taught his classmates fighting skills and created a martial arts movement to improve their health. After graduating from the college, he nurtured his passion for researching and practising martial arts.

    At the age of 24, Binh had already made extraordinary accomplisments in his martial arts career. He managed to unite different schools of Het (Screaming) martial arts in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, and named it Nhat Nam.

    Nhat Nam School was officially established on October 23, 1983 in Ha Noi. At that time, Binh was an art teacher at the Ha Noi-based Central Music and Painting Teachers' Training College.

    Based on the small frame of Vietnamese people, Binh has developed fighting techniques for their movement, such as avoiding blows, striking swiftly and exposing vulnerable spots on the body of the enemy that can incapacitate them with high effectiveness.

    From 1983 to 1990, Nhat Nam developed quickly in Ha Noi and northern provinces, attracting many young people. Many of them have became famous for their exploits in the ring, and Binh's best students have continued his mission to spread the art throughout the country.

    Teacher Dao Hoang Long from Nghia Lo in the northern province of Yen Bai has been training his pupils for the last 23 years. In that time, he has co-ordinated with the provincial Education and Training Department to put Nhat Nam on the school syllabus, and has attracted 4,000 learners.

    With an eye on the future, Binh assigned his best students to manage the school in the early 1990s, and turned his attentions to developing this cultural heritage in Europe.

    The year 1992 marked a milestone in his martial arts career. Binh left Viet Nam for Belarus (under the former Soviet Union) at the invitation of the Federation of Wushu and other Vietnamese martial arts schools. He organised hundreds of workshops on Nhat Nam Martial Arts School and trained many martial arts instructors and students from more than 40 cities in the former Soviet Union. This was followed by the establishment of martial arts clubs in Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine.

    "In Moscow and other cities in Russia, Nhat Nam has become a part of life for some local people," says student Sergei Yurevich. "The clubs attract a large number of people from different walks of life. They love to practise Nhat Nam drills as it not only helps them feel more brave and confident, but also improves their heath and outlook on life."

    After nearly 20 years abroad, Binh, president of the Nhat Nam Martial Arts Federation, registered to officially operate in those countries, is now promoting the establishment of the International Nhat Nam Martial Arts Federation.

    In these countries, people do not only know about Binh as a martial arts master, but also a culturist. He is a poet, a lecturer of Oriental philosophy at a university in Russia, an acupuncturist and a doctor of Oriental medicine who has treated thousands of Russian people, including high-ranking leaders.

    In October 2008, in Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature and the First National University of Viet Nam) in Ha Noi, Binh organised a specialised workshop on Nhat Nam Martial Arts School to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The workshop attracted more than 1,000 members from four large martial arts clubs.

    Professor Pham Duc Duong, head of Oriental Culture Research Institute, says: "I feel proud of Binh, who rose up as a cultural symbol, honoured by many people in Russia and Western countries.

    "I hope Binh, a special messenger of international friendship, will continue to bring into play the values of Nhat Nam across the country and among the international community."

    Today, Nhat Nam has more than 32,000 followers worldwide.

    Binh plans to establish the Nhat Nam Martial Arts Federation in Viet Nam in the near future. But this man still has another more important worry.

    "What concerns me is that many young people are physically lazy. Another concern is that many do not care about national history and traditional virtues. So when the Motherland faces danger, what will happen?

    "I think we should have a comprehensive plan to care for the physical and mental health of young people, especially students, and teaching martial arts is a good solution," says Binh.
    Anyone know anymore about Nhat Nam?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    it annoys the hell out of me the way 'most' people think about muslims.
    Me too. Worse yet, it annoys the hell out of me that I know for a fact many people I know personally think this way despite knowing me as a Muslim and my wife and my children. I don't know if it's a kind of blinder because we are converts or because they knew me before my conversion, but they never ask questions and yet subscribe to right wing thinking.

    I remember seeing this Vovinam link a while ago. Great thread!

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